The 8th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) will be held in October 2012 in New Delhi. This is the first time this annual meeting is being held in South Asian Region. HACGAM is an apex level congregation of all the major Coast Guard Agencies of the Asian region. This includes 20 member organisations from 17 countries such as Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. This initiative was developed initially in 2004 to discuss cooperation among the member organisations to combat piracy in the region consequent to the capture of the pirated vessel MV Alondra Rainbow by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard in November 1999.